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The Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit provides timely information, tips, and templates to help market managers navigate the increasing demands they face. We hope to cut your learning curve, share best practices, and adapt the excellent existing resources to your market.
Each chapter includes downloadable tools in Word or Excel that you can tailor to your market needs. The Toolkit is designed to be added to and updated in real time. Please send us your recommendations and suggested improvements. The Toolkit is available both online and as a binder from the WSFMA thanks to support from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.
This Toolkit is dedicated to Washington State’s indefatigable farmers market staff, boards, volunteers, sponsors, and farmers and other vendors who are working hard to support local farms, grow good food for families, and make our communities brighter.
View the Toolkit Here: http://www.wafarmersmarkettoolkit.org/
A webinar hosted by FMC and the Michigan Farmers Market Association in October of 2011.The presentation explains the background of IRS 6050W and what electronic payment reporting requirements can mean for your farmers market. Presenters include Amanda Segar of the Michigan Farmers Market Association, Erin McQuire, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree, and Stacy Miller of the Farmers Market Coalition. Best practices for scrip recordkeeping are highlighted. If unsure about your reporting obligations, please consult with a professional tax advisor.
- Webinar powerpoint slides (PDF)
- Webinar handout, IRS 6050W Electronic Reporting Requirements: Important Information for Farmers Markets
An example of a daily sales sheet that vendors of Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s markets fill out at the end of the day to track vendor sales, with areas for gross sales tallies broken down by type of product (e.g. produce, flowers, meat, eggs, seafood, dairy, etc.)
A sample form used by SEE-LA (organizer of the Hollywood Farmers Market) to track vendor sales and product data broken down by type of product.
This page includes information on managing accounting systems for EBT and Debit, with templates for a Market Day EBT/Debit Transaction report, Market Day Transaction Report Summary, and Master Token Reserve Form.
This one-pager from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has eight ideas for raising funds and collecting donations to grow a farmers market organization.
This resource offers the Canadian New City Market’s detailed financial model for establishing costs and benefits for individual business units. The report offers research and community engagement suggestions for future services and infrastructure. This source is a helpful model for analyzing and planning the economic future of any farmers market.
This 216 page manual from the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York describes the role of market managers and provides checklists, sample policies, worksheets, and other hands-on tools to help managers start markets, build market communities, and harness the power of these communities to sustain the markets and their local food systems.
This comprehensive 60 page guide from the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York steers market organizers to create a strong foundationfor a successful, long term farmers market that will be a community asset and a valuable resource for both consumers and farmers.
When the market management provides proper attention to detail, fair and equitable rules and regulations and is responsive to the farmers and vendors, the consumers and its surrounding community, the chances for success and longevity increase. To help farmers market managers achieve that level of success, the Farmers Market Federation of New York Developed these 10 Principles.